Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon - Olympic Race - TriathlonOlympic

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
73F / 23C
Total Time = 2h 14m 7s
Overall Rank = 94/1921
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 14/186
Pre-race routine:

left tim/laura's place at 5:00am and drove to the parking lot. rode our bikes ~1mile to the start and set up transition. we were done in plenty of time to grab an early bus to the other side of the river and hang out for a while.
Event warmup:

  • 22m 4s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 21s / 100 yards

tim and i started together to the right of the buoy. earl headed back a little to have some more room. the current was fairly strong and we got in the water so early that we were all hitting each other trying to stay behind the start line. i've never been beat up before a swim even started!

i planned on sprinting it out with everyone else and then ducking off to the right if it got too bad. the first 20 strokes were rough, but after that it cleared up a lot. for a while i was pretty much alone, so i am guessing my navigation wasn't so great. i tried to just have a solid swim and keep pushing. it ended up working out pretty well.
What would you do differently?:

sight the first 100 meters better.
Transition 1
  • 02m 9s

it is a decently long run, but i tried to go hard the whole time. i turned down the wrong lane, but i was able to duck under the bar and transition even with that, it was pretty fast.
What would you do differently?:

go down correct lane.
  • 1h 07m 58s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.94 mile/hr

i really like this course. it can get pretty busy, but i found the beginners were a lot better this year about staying to the right.
it has some climbing as well as some fast sections. the road is very wide and closed to traffic and the downhills and turns are very manageable even at speed. there were some sections that were 4 lanes + shoulders of open road!

i pushed the entire bike pretty hard. the first climb is tougher and longer than i remembered, but it was ok and i stayed in control. i got to see tim on the little out and back section and i got to see k on my second loop. i had a lot of fun and it went by quickly.

i ate 3/4 of a gu from my flask on each loop after the bridge. not the best location to eat, but it worked out ok.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 14s

maybe my best transition ever. perfect dismount, sprinted with the bike over the curb and got through fast.
no one in my AG beat me by more than 1 sec.
What would you do differently?:

  • 40m 40s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 33s  min/mile

when i started the run, sis told me i was 3:00 back on tim. that's not easy, but worth a shot. i had no idea how my running would be with my hip issues and no speedwork, but i was able to have a fast run at the sprint in may, so i was hopeful.

the first out and back is only ~1mile so i would get a pretty early time check. i had made up nearly a minute when i hit the turn around and sis said it was down to 1:50 when i started the second out and back. i saw laura and k and was feeling pretty solid so i decided to keep pushing and see what happened. i wasn't too hopeful on catching tim, but i knew i needed to keep the pressure on just in case and i also needed to push hard if i wanted to beat mayor fenty. he put the smack down on me at cherry blossom and i was looking forward to notching another win.

the next few miles all blended together and it started to get pretty hot. i saw earl towards the end of his ride and we yelled some encouragement. finally i had another runner come up on me at the perfect pace. just faster than me, but slow enough for me to hang on. i eased in behind and rode his heels all the way to the finish. we were ~:50 back a tthe turn and reeled tim within view with about half a mile to go. i didn't have any more to give, but we were still gaining and i thought i had a chance if we caught tim by surprise. i tried to hide behind the other guy as best i could, but tim spotted me and was able to hold me off in the final sprint. we ran a 6:20 pace for the final 1.2 miles, but it wasn't quite enough. hurts like hell, but it sure was fun trying! it felt like alexander and lieto at the end of boise
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

cheered on other racers and grabbed some food. great times!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

hip issues probably cost me a little, but not too bad.

Event comments:

all around great race. great course. well run. great post race.
i definitely recommend it.

Last updated: 2009-05-12 12:00 AM
00:22:04 | 1640 yards | 01m 21s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/186
Overall: 320/1921
Performance: Average
Suit: Farmer John
Course: Point to point swim down and across the river
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:09
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:07:58 | 24.85 miles | 21.94 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/186
Overall: 138/1921
Performance: Good
lap 1 34:22 lap 2 33:38
Wind: Some
Course: 2 loops with 4 shorter climbs per loop.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:14
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:40:40 | 06.21 miles | 06m 33s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/186
Overall: 87/1921
Performance: Good
mile 01 - 6:28 mile 02-04 - 19:59 mile 05 - 6:34 mile 06+ - 7:40
Course: 2 mostly flat out and backs
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5